Mignon du Preez announces retirement from ODIs and Tests
Mignon du Preez retires from ODIs and Tests
Former South Africa Women’s skipper Mignon du Preez has called time on her Test and One day Internationals career with immediate effect, “in favour of concentrating on T20 cricket and spending more time with family".
South Africa Women are awaited for their test comeback- first since November 2014 where Du Preez led the side- on their forthcoming multi-format English tour this summer.
“I've been wonderfully fortunate to play in four ICC ODI World Cups to date," Du Preez stated in a declaration issued by South Africa Cricket on Thursday (April 7). "These have been some of my most treasured memories in life. I would however love to prioritise time with my family and hopefully start a family of my own soon.
"I feel the time is right to announce my retirement from the longer format of the game and focus my attention on T20 cricket going forward. Thus, I decided to retire from ODI cricket at the completion of our recent World Series in New Zealand.
"I feel South African women's cricket is in a very healthy state and the time is right to step away and allow the next generation of exciting cricketers to continue to grow this beautiful game of ours." She added.
With 154 games since her debut way back in 2007 , Du Preez retired as the most capped South Africa Women’s player. During her illustrious career, the right handed batter scored 3760 runs which is also a national record. Her only test appearance came against India in Mysore where he scored a century in the debut innings.
In the recently concluded World Series, Du Preez played her 150th game against hosts New Zealand and registered the last of her 18 half centuries against India in the last league game, knocking Raj and co out of the tournament.
South Africa Cricket’s Chief Executive Officer, Pholetsi Moseki said” Mignon is a champion of women's cricket in South Africa and the world at large. A true example for any young girl who wants to take up the sport; that anything is possible through dedication, determination, and ever-lasting inquisitiveness to your craft while maintaining kindness and humility.
"Although we are saddened by her departure from the longer formats of the game after more than 150 caps and 3,000 runs, we will take solace from the legacy she leaves behind and await with pleasure to witness how she will continue contributing to the game she holds so dear to her heart.
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